ERIC Number: EJ767537
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Publication Date: 2007-Jan
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The Religious and Ethical Education of Students in a Secular School
Askarova, G. B.
Russian Education and Society, v49 n1 p34-46 Jan 2007
For a long time in Russia, education was conducted in isolation from any fundamental theological conceptions of the universe. However, religion not only harmoniously synthesized in itself the culture of the world and universal human values, it also served to mitigate the harsh influence of many social doctrines on the spiritual and moral upbringing of the rising generation. Religious and ethical education of adolescents can help fill substantial gaps in their knowledge about the "eternal questions" of life and stimulate their active cognitive and exploratory involvement in thinking about global worldview problems such as the existence and nature of God; the meaning of human life; life after death; and the nature and origin of good and evil. Religious education can serve to correct the social and moral orientations of students who, by thinking--perhaps for the first time--about the meaning of their existence, are now able to take a different view of the world around them and their own place in it. This article discusses how religious and ethical education encourages students to take an active interest in exploring and understanding problems of philosophy and worldview.
Descriptors: World Views, Religious Education, Ethics, Moral Values, Foreign Countries, Adolescents, Philosophy
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Identifiers - Location: Russia